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Bradshaw lands in Indy

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So much for the youth movement at the Indy skill positions.

Second-year player Vick Ballard’s status as the lead dog for the Colts’ running game is in grave danger, given the arrival of veteran Ahmad Bradshaw.

Per a source with knowledge of the transaction, Bradshaw agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Colts.

The move comes after several days of discussions, culminating in a leverage-blowing tweet from owner Jim Irsay, who said that he has “SERIOUS Coin” for Bradshaw.

In time, we’ll see how “SERIOUS” the “Coin” really was.  Regardless, the 1,000-yard rush who has been available for months has a new job.

His effectiveness likely will hinge on whether his surgically-repaired foot is good as new, or close to it.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m.:  The “SERIOUS Coin” consists of $250,000 to sign, a base salary of $1.1 million and $650,000 in per-game roster bonuses.  If he’s on the active roster for every game, it’s a $2 million deal.

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  1. drewfl says: Jun 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Excellent pick up for the Colts, if he stays healthy of course. Ahmad Bradshaw, besides being an incredibly tough runner, is one of the best pass protecting RBs in the league, something the young Andrew Luck will no doubt love.

    Good luck 44, we’ll miss you in NY.

  2. peytonsneckl8 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:48 PM

    Bradshaw deserves better than to play for that embarrassment of a franchise. HTTR

  3. gorebomb says: Jun 11, 2013 1:50 PM

    Good move, assuming he stays healthy. He has good hands out of the backfield and he is great at the screen game.

  4. ziggy26 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:50 PM

    Bradshaw will have a much bigger impact on the 2013 season than the third-string QB in New England. So that means this story should lead SportsCenter for three days, right?

  5. Nostrils10 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:50 PM

    nice!

  6. nineroutsider says: Jun 11, 2013 1:53 PM

    Showing Bradshaw in the midst of a fumble isn’t an overly flattering pic selection. I think this will be a great pickup for them…if he stays healthy. I’ve always liked the way he runs; he’s small but runs big like Frank Gore.

    Yeah, that “leverage-blowing” tweet turned out to be huge…nothing gets past you Mike. I’m sure it drove their price up considering all of the competing offers Bradshaw got…

    Ballard wasn’t ready to carry the load and this will be good for him. Bradshaw isn’t a long term solution so Ballard has time to prove he can be the guy when Bradshaw leaves/retires.

  7. dbones750 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:57 PM

    Good for Bradshaw. That should be a nice spot for him. We’ll always love you, retire a GIANT!

  8. terripet says: Jun 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    great move by the colts

  9. jack3dsd says: Jun 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    I guarantee a tweet meant nothing to the people in the negotiating room

  10. slayisland says: Jun 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    Great mentor for V. ballard! Im not a colts fan but this a very nice deal

  11. hoptimusprimal says: Jun 11, 2013 2:01 PM

    Nice pick up for Indy. He can catch out of the backfield and block well for Luck. I’ll be keeping an eye for him in my PPR league draft.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    Colts have serious issues on the O Line. They’ve tried to address them via the draft and free agency. I personally think they overpaid for mediocre talent but only time and games will tell if their solution works.

    The Colts though, are definitely a team on the uptick with a bright future. I think the Texans’ window is closing fast.

    Texans should still win AFCS this year but beyond that… who knows.

  13. tvjules says: Jun 11, 2013 2:06 PM

    I LOVE this pick! Go Colts!!

  14. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 11, 2013 2:08 PM

    All I have to say about this signing is

    CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!

    Go COLTS!!!!

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 11, 2013 2:10 PM

    Steelers wanted this guy so bad they could taste it. But they’re BROKE! Hahahahaha.

  16. jimfix says: Jun 11, 2013 2:14 PM

    great signing. colts now have their best backfield since edge left (not really saying much though, since the running game has been pretty disappointing since then…).

    as for the “leverage blowing tweet” oh nos! all that leverage allowed him to hook the colts into that huge 1 yr $2m contract! that will cost them big time! i know you hate irsay tweeting, but give it a rest man.

  17. jimfix says: Jun 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    haha as for the texans “window” it was only briefly opened for one year when painter was here… and they STILL couldn’t win in indy.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:15 PM

    Good luck, AB. Appreciate all that you did for us.

  19. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 11, 2013 2:25 PM

    One of the most overrated players in the NFL- the Colts need to let Ballard develop, that kid is the real deal. I was going to put in something about a draft steal, but I hate rhymes.

  20. nathanbetz91 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:31 PM

    Nice! Its a shame Donald brown can never stay healthy he could have been/could be an awesome running back

  21. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:40 PM

    one thing indy can guarntee is that no matter what injury bradshaw may come up with during the season/playoffs- he will play every game. they got some running back help to so maybe he can be preserved throughout the year

  22. orakpocalypse says: Jun 11, 2013 2:41 PM

    All this news means to me is I’m going to be more confused on fantasy football draft day. Really tough to call who is going to come out on top in that backfield now.

  23. szwhtsup123 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:48 PM

    Great move by the Colts, the guy is a beast! He’ll show the younger guys what it means to be a warrior and a champion. Wish him luck and appreciate all he did for Big Blue!

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 3:00 PM

    Slow down Colts fans…. I promise you, Ahmad Bradshaw is not the piece seperating you from a Superbowl….

    He’s A piece, but one of many. While I’m definitely (and unfortunately) bullish long term on the Colts, this wasn’t the “Now we’re winning a championship” move.

  25. gacoltfan says: Jun 11, 2013 3:18 PM

    1) Ballard will still be the starter
    2) Irsay’s tweet did nothing for the negotiation. It certainly didn’t make the Colts pay more money.

    Other than that, good informative article.

  26. dylanssongwriter says: Jun 11, 2013 3:22 PM

    I didn’t know a one year deal to a 27 year old RB stopped a youth movement….good call Florio. Almost as good as that leverage article you wrote a few hrs earlier. Man, Rosenhaus really took Grigson to the cleaners…..silly Irsay.

  27. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 11, 2013 3:25 PM

    8to80texansblog says:Jun 11, 2013 3:00 PM

    Slow down Colts fans…. I promise you, Ahmad Bradshaw is not the piece seperating you from a Superbowl….

    __________________________________

    Have you been paying attention to the Colts offseason moves at all???? We’ve picked up MULTIPLE pieces on both sides of the ball AND special teams that are ALL UPGRADES.

    I can understand you’re mad because the AFC South dominance is over for your Texans, but we’re excited about FAR MORE than this ‘New York Cherry’ on top.

    Go Colts!!!

  28. ziggy26 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:27 PM

    Great move by Indy.

    By the way, the Steelers did bring this guy in for visits, but then they drafted La’Veon Bell and signed Laron Stephens-Howling. They have already invested enough into the running back position this offseason.

    Bradshaw would have been a great addition for them, but they are moving forward with Bell.

  29. jagsfan13 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    8to80, if you’re referring to the AFC South championship, it’s going to be damned close as to who sits atop it this season. Texans took it last year by what, 1 game? And that was with an inexperienced line on the Colts side of the coin. A years experience, a much improved offensive line and it might be the Texans down by 1 game at the end of the regular season. It’s going to be competitive and basically a toss-up as to who wins it, imo.

    I haven’t looked at the Texans schedule this up coming season but the Colts appear to have a pretty soft one.

  30. shiftyshellshocked says: Jun 11, 2013 3:29 PM

    Happy the packers didn’t get him.

  31. johanvil says: Jun 11, 2013 3:43 PM

    “So much for the youth movement at the Indy skill positions.

    Second-year player Vick Ballard’s status as the lead dog for the Colts’ running game is in grave danger, given the arrival of veteran Ahmad Bradshaw.”

    Overreaction much? Again?

    Vick Ballard is a talented guy but not ready to carry the team on his back when it comes to rushing. Plus he is really weak (currently) when it comes to pass blocking something that Bradshaw is not only good at but arguably the best one.

    At the end of the day, it’s an one year deal for the Colts and it’s a signing that makes the team better. That’s the goal of every GM regardless any ‘youth strategy’ they have set.

  32. cmoney20 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:44 PM

    I’m really confused……..Ahmad Bradshaw is a backup caliber RB at this point who nobody wanted to sign because his foot is going to fall off. Why are people acting like Indy just got a top 15 RB? All this for a backup RB? Maybe 4 foot surgeries and 3 years ago this reaction would make sense but I just don’t get it.

    I expect the same amount of hoopla when Cedric Benson signs with someone now.

  33. croghan1919 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:16 PM

    $650,000.00 each time he makes the active game day roster.
    I would call that serious motivation to hide the pain of an injury and possibly make it (the injury) worse.
    But I like the move.

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    Yeah adding Eric Walden and Donald Thomas are not exactly earth shattering moves. LaRon Landry is a good player but you lost Freeney.

    Colts had serious problems on defense and protecting the QB. They have made minor upgrades on the OLine and marginal changes on the defensive side of the ball. Just because they made a lot of moves doesn’t mean they were all great.

    You can’t expect to be -12 in turnovers and be a consistently good team.

    Texans have issues too that I don’t think they’ve addressed but to say that “we won 11 games last year and we can only get better” is naive.

    Here’s why I think the Texans win the AFCS
    Better Defense
    Better Running Game
    Better Clock Control
    Better Ball Security
    These are things the Texans are consistent with.

    What are the Colts consistent with….?

  35. justintuckrule says: Jun 11, 2013 4:26 PM

    The one thing the Colts needed was that playoff road warrior, bulldog who’d been there done that. They are going to LOVE coming out of the tunnel behind that dude for the divisional round in Foxboro.

    Thanks for all the great memories AB. Good luck in Indy.

  36. themage78 says: Jun 11, 2013 4:38 PM

    Colts, all I can say to you is make sure to limit his carries so he stays healthy. If you do he’s a beast. Otherwise he’s mediocre.

  37. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 11, 2013 4:43 PM

    8to80texansblog says:Jun 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    Yeah adding Eric Walden and Donald Thomas are not exactly earth shattering moves. LaRon Landry is a good player but you lost Freeney.

    _______________________________

    Did you happen to forget about Sidbury, Toler, Bradshaw, Franklin, Jean-Francois, Sheppard, Werner, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Gosder Cherilous?

    No wonder you don’t realize its already over for your team. :)

    If you really think these upgrades are ‘minor’ then keep thinking that right until the moment that your team finally meets mine on the field.

    Then we’ll see, (just like we always do when we play the Texans)

    PS. Freeney had 5 sacks last year. Not irreplaceable by any means.

    GO COLTS!!!

  38. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 11, 2013 4:55 PM

    Darious Heyward-Bay!! Wow your pinning your hopes on that draft bust… If you really think he’s a ‘major’ upgrade then keep thinking that the whole season while you ‘re looking up at us in the standings.

    I wasn’t going to list all of JAGs you picked up. But like I said, just because you made a lot of moves doesn’t mean they were great.

  39. ss376 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:03 PM

    Strange times when a 1000 yard rusher is on the market for THAT long.

    I like the Colts to win the AFC south this year. Houston looked terrible down the stretch last year, while the Colts got stronger as the year went on.

  40. baddegg says: Jun 11, 2013 5:07 PM

    I guess he got a lot of “coin” from Irsay….

  41. baddegg says: Jun 11, 2013 5:10 PM

    Follow Up story:

    After confirming the deal, Jim Irsay sent the following tweak:

    “O yeah B-SHAW in the hizoooz! Look out lozerz!”

  42. ppdoc13 says: Jun 11, 2013 5:59 PM

    “Serious coin?” Jimmy Irsay is such a dork it is beyond belief.

    Wow, the Colts have Ahmad Bradshaw. The Texans look nervous. The Ravens are absolutely shaking.

  43. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 11, 2013 6:00 PM

    8to80texansblog says:Jun 11, 2013 4:55 PM

    Darious Heyward-Bay!! Wow your pinning your hopes on that draft bust… __________________________________

    Draft busts don’t lead their teams in TDs and yards per catch like Heyward-Bey has done EACH of the last two seasons.

    Also, I did mention 8 other players that the Colts added, but you couldn’t come up with anything to say bad about them. So those must be the ‘good’ moves that you were talking about?

    Get used to 2nd place. You’ll be there awhile.

  44. dylanssongwriter says: Jun 11, 2013 7:15 PM

    Yeah adding Eric Walden and Donald Thomas are not exactly earth shattering moves. LaRon Landry is a good player but you lost Freeney.

    Colts had serious problems on defense and protecting the QB. They have made minor upgrades on the OLine and marginal changes on the defensive side of the ball. Just because they made a lot of moves doesn’t mean they were all great.

    You can’t expect to be -12 in turnovers and be a consistently good team.

    Texans have issues too that I don’t think they’ve addressed but to say that “we won 11 games last year and we can only get better” is naive.

    Here’s why I think the Texans win the AFCS
    Better Defense
    Better Running Game
    Better Clock Control
    Better Ball Security
    These are things the Texans are consistent with.

    What are the Colts consistent with….?
    ============================================

    Beating the Texans

  45. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 11, 2013 7:59 PM

    8to80texansblog says:

    im sorry to tell u buddy, but Luck is already better than stone face shaub

  46. 8to80texansblog says: Jun 12, 2013 11:39 AM

    Please tell me you’re not crowing about Heyward Bey and his 600 yards last year… The dude has never broken 1000 yds. When you’re drafted 7th overall, you’re expected to do a lot better than that. (I’ll give you Cherilus and Toler though, two good players)

    Luck already better than Schaub…? Depends how you define better. Schaub is more accurate, protects the ball better, has better TD:INT ratio, and has a higher YPA. Luck had more yds and more TDs but we run the ball… a lot. Foster led the league in TDs. Now if you’re talking about ceiling… Luck is GOING TO BE a better player. I think he will be a once in a generation type player. (He wasn’t last year) Ironically, he was the 3rd best rookie QB last year and that’s not really even debatable.

    Take a real unbiased look at your team. You’re playing under essentially a different coach, the emotional pump up of ChuckStrong is pretty much gone, you’ve rotated half the roster, your QB turned the ball over 23 times last year. (Only Butt Fumble was worse)

    Is it possible the Colts win the AFCS…? Of course it is, very possible. But it’s also very possible the Colts regress, and if you think it’s not possible, then you’re a homer plain and simple. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the Colts. But realistically the Texans are the better all around football team right now, that’s all I said. I’ve also said from the beginning that the Colts future looks bright.

  47. coltstrong12 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:22 AM

    I’d be very surprised if the colts don’t win the afc south.

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